Fwd: CAST: Green Globe Trotter, March 31st 2007
>Subject: CAST: Green Globe Trotter, March 31st 20071000 Ave. Ponce de Leon, 5th Floor
>Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2007 17:11:43 -0400
>From: "Deirdre Shurland" <dshurland@...>
>With appended text version of the newsletter! --
>see below for address for pretty version. . .
>Deirdre P. Shurland
>Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST)
>1000 Ave. Ponce de Léon, 5th Floor
>San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907
>Tel: (787) 725-9139 Ext. 243
>Fax: (787) 725-9108
>Celebrate our 10th Anniversary!
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March 31st 2007 Volume 4, Number 29
Caribbean Green Globe
** # Certified Properties = 46
** # Benchmarked = 58
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Note from the Editor..
The newly revised Green Globe Company standard is just days away from
official release. Look out for the formal announcement on the Green Globe
website (www.greenglobe.org). We have omitted the "200 Standards Words"
section in this edition, to feature a description
of the upcoming changes to the
Standard, as prepared by Green Globe International.
Early (and we mean early!) 2007 Atlantic season hurricane predictions are
warning of an above average season. In 2006, the Caribbean escaped from
these storms as a result of a mild El Nino event in the eastern Pacific. This
causes a warming of Pacific equatorial waters which effectively shut down the
Atlantic hurricane system. Scientists are predicting a visit from La Nina (the
sister) which will have a reverse effect - which
favours intense activity in the
Atlantic region (including the Caribbean). What can you do? Prepare! Please
send your comments and feedback to us at: cast@....
Notes and FAQs on the Revised Green Globe
Company Standard (Version 3.0 of 2007)
Revised Green Globe Company Standard Part A:
Part A of the Company Standard sets out the requirements for environmental
and social performance of all travel & tourism organisations that are taking
part in the Green Globe program. Part A of the Company Standard should be
read in conjunction with Part B and the relevant Sector Benchmarking
Revised Green Globe Company Standard Part B: Self Assessment
Part B of the Company Standard sets out the guidelines, explanatory notes and
a self assessment checklist for certification under the Company Standard. For
organisations that are not yet ready for Certification, Part B can be used as a
guide to improve sustainability and implement an environmental management
approach. Part B should be read in conjunction with the Green Globe Company
Standard Part A and the relevant Benchmarking Indicators (SBI).
There is a Part B for Micro and Small Business and Part B for Medium and Large
Q. Environmental Program, Action Plan or EMS?
Under the Green Globe Standard (Version 3.0), an Environmental Management
System (EMS) is no longer required for operators with medium to low
environmental risk (as determined by a risk assessment). Where an EMS is
not required an Environmental Program or Action Plan must be developed. A
guideline of the requirements is outlined below.
Small or micro businesses with low environmental risks may have an
overall environmental management. They must still meet all the criteria of
the Standard and complete the checklist (including the risk assessment);
however they may have little actual documentation of the environmental
Medium size businesses or small business with moderate risks shall,
have a documented action plan, this may be a concise 'dot point' or table
style document [which] shall set out the key actions and priorities for the
organisation's environmental management [program] and commitment to
Large businesses or those with significant environmental risks must have
an Environmental Management System.
Q. Which Part B is relevant to my organisation?
"Part B for Micro and Small Business" applies to Green Globe participants that
currently fit into Micro and Small Enterprise categories. "Part B for Medium
and Large Companies" is for those Green Globe participants that currently fit
into the Large Single Site and Large Diversified categories.
Q. I have already organized an on-site assessment under the old
Standard. What should I do?
The new Company Standard and Certification process will be phased in over
the coming months. If you have already booked an on-site assessment, please
notify Green Globe International of the arrangements. Certification
Assessment reports will be continued under the old system during the phase
out period. This will simply mean that you will commence Certification under
the new system in the following year.
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Predictions for the upcoming 2007 Atlantic Hurricane season have already been
made. Most experts predict an above average season with 14 named storms, 7
hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes (= Category 3 and higher). You should
expect these predictions to be adjusted as we get closer to the start of the
season, June 1st 2007. Preparedness should always be on your mind. Here are
a few key questions for you on insurance coverage from Smith Orloff &
Associates (www.smithorloff.com). Are you fully insured against:
Losses due to "windstorms"? Ask your broker what this means for your
business operation and the level of coverage in place.
Losses due to flooding e.g. flash flooding and coastal inundation from
Interruption of your business for extended periods after a major tropical
storm or hurricane?
Losses to buildings including contents e.g. equipment, stock/inventory and
other precious contents?
Review your policy carefully and make sure to ask check with your broker for
details responses to the above questions.
Hurricane Preparedness Tips brought to you courtesy
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"Thank you very much for the GGT February 2007 issue. In Cozumel some
hotels are working to create a sustainable atmosphere, last week six hotels
began a program of environmental audits to be honored at the end of the
process with a national certificate called INDUSTRIA LIMPIA from PROFEPA
which is the Mexican official authority to verify all hotels, and industries in
general, have sustainable standards." Isauro Cruz, Manager, Asociación de
Hoteles de Cozumel
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just vent. Send your comments to cast@....
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biological cleaners and body care products which are both kind to your
health and skin.
Green Island products are made from biological materials such as plant
extracts, baking soda, vinegar, lime juice and essential oils. The plant
extracts are made from herbs and trees which have been used for
centuries by the inhabitants of the Dutch Caribbean for cleaning e.g. the
famous Curaçao Wayacá tree (Guaiacum officinale), the Flamboyant
or Flame Tree (Poinciana Regia) and the Wild Sage bush (Croton flavens).
Essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Lavender and Lemongrass have been
used over thousands of years for therapeutic purposes. These oils
provide are safe and very effective cleaning products.
Green Island cleaners very rarely cause allergic
reactions and are not corrosive
or damaging to the natural environment and most of all, are safe
to use around children. Their bleach is a very effective cleaner of pots and
pans or for removing stains and slime. Liquid and powder detergents clean
your clothes removing stains, sweat and dirt.
Proprietor of Green Island products in Curacao. Contact
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